Question Small office server CPU i5 or E-3?

monste4321

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Im looking at building a small office server computer for an office with 8 user stations.
There server is there to run dental software and store data, not much else.

I am trying to figure out what would be a better setup, an i5 8400 are an E-3 1220?

The E-3 is a bit more expensive and harder to find motherboards for, what advantages/disadvantages would I see from using an i5?

Are there any other CPU's recommended besides these two?
 

kanewolf

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This isn't the question you asked, but I will recommend to buy a prebuilt from a large supplier like HP or Dell. That way when it breaks they don't call you. Unless, you want them to call you.

For a business office with medical data, you need to be sure you meet all the privacy requirements, which might include encrypted disks for data at rest. The other thing I will say is to be sure you have an automated backup system implemented.
 

monste4321

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This isn't the question you asked, but I will recommend to buy a prebuilt from a large supplier like HP or Dell. That way when it breaks they don't call you. Unless, you want them to call you.

For a business office with medical data, you need to be sure you meet all the privacy requirements, which might include encrypted disks for data at rest. The other thing I will say is to be sure you have an automated backup system implemented.
Automated backup system will definitely be in place. The officealready has a local off-site IT guy to maintain the rest of the office equipment so its not worth going with a prebuilt at this time, as it doesn't really save the office from downtime.
 

kanewolf

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Automated backup system will definitely be in place. The officealready has a local off-site IT guy to maintain the rest of the office equipment so its not worth going with a prebuilt at this time, as it doesn't really save the office from downtime.
Ask their IT guy for any specific requirements about HIPPA / privacy. Like I said, you might have to have data-at-rest encryption or other features to meet privacy requirements.
 
Can you send me a link? What motherboard would you pair it with?
This is what I would go with for a light office server:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KHHw7W
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KHHw7W/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.56 @ OutletPC)
Total: $249.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 09:39 EDT-0400
 

monste4321

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This is what I would go with for a light office server:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KHHw7W
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KHHw7W/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.56 @ OutletPC)
Total: $249.45
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 09:39 EDT-0400
Does the motherboard have a TPM chip?
 

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